Hope and Questions as U.S. Pledges to Resettle 100,000 from Ukraine

Mar 31, 2022

While the Biden administration’s March 24 pledge to welcome Ukrainians is encouraging news for refugees and advocates alike, the announcement leaves many questions unanswered.
A woman holds a sign as demonstrators rally in support of Ukraine in Times Square, New York, on March 12, 2022.

Renewal of Lautenberg Amendment Brings Hope for Ukrainian Family Reunification

Mar 18, 2022

The Lautenberg Amendment, renewed as part of a federal spending bill signed March 15, provides a pathway for members of historically persecuted religious groups from the Former Soviet Union to reunite with family in the U.S.

Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment

Dec 23, 2015

Last week President Obama signed into law a massive $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. Nestled deep in the bill was a small provision that makes a world of difference to families who are persecuted due to their religious beliefs.

The Helpline is Still Ringing

Oct 08, 2015

Every day, my phone rings. Some of the callers are in New York. Others are in Kiev. The calls come from all over. But when they call, I answer.

HIAS Steps in to Take Over NY Resettlement Operation

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS has officially taken over the Federation Employment & Guidance Service’s (FEGS) resettlement program in New York after FEGS declared bankruptcy for unrelated reasons.

HIAS Celebrates Government Spending Bill and Extension of the Lautenberg Amendment

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS celebrates the recent passage of legislation that will fund the government through September 2014, including a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the resettlement of religious minority groups.

The Lautenberg Amendment: A Lifeline for Iran’s Religious Minorities

Nov 12, 2014

Perhaps the most important value my family instilled in me as I was growing up is that “we were the lucky ones.” We were lucky to leave Iran just weeks before the fall of the Shah in 1979. We were lucky we had family in Israel.

A Few Things you Might not Know about the Immigration Bills Currently in Congress

Mar 17, 2014

Both the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform legislation and its sister bill in the House contain important provisions regarding refugees and asylum seekers. But odds are you haven’t heard about these provisions.

Update about the Lautenberg Amendment and Refugee Funding

Jan 14, 2014

Last night, appropriators introduced a $1.1 trillion government spending bill (H.R. 3547) which is expected to move through the House and Senate later this week. The bill includes a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which previously expired on September 30th.

Senator Lautenberg's Legislation Brought Thousands to Freedom

Jun 03, 2013

For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe. Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.